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Old 01-15-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installing .sh files

Greetings All,

Having a problem installing a program called It's a sh script file but I'm unable to run the program. I'm using unbuntu 8.10
. I did install it on my old Fedora 6 OS, but I upgraded to ver. 9, then It crashed. So I'm using unbuntu til I can get another copy . Well I must have forgot the correct way to do this so I'm tossing it to this group.

Many thanks for all of the replies I receive on this topic.

Old 01-15-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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you should give the error messages.

However, try:
chmod +x
Old 01-15-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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Check if the script is executable, using ls -l (you'll see the long format of ls, including permissions, which should state that you have x - meaning execute - permission)

If it is not executable, make it so using chmod +x FILENAME.

After that, just run the script using ./FILENAME

If you have any problems after that, you need to post the output if people are going to be able to help you.

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Most likely it is a shell archive containing a certain amount of encoded binary data. I've seen some of these installers to launch an install wizard, often based on java. If this is the case, there is a chance it looks for a Java Virtual Machine that is not available on your system.

If the problem is actually running the shell script, either add permission for execution - as alreay suggested - or launch it as
and copy/paste the error message (if any) embedding it in code tags.


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